Book Donations to the Queensland Police Museum

Our thanks to FQPM member Kym Hyson who has generously donated the following books:

Who Killed Leanne Holland by Graeme Crowley & Paul Wilson;
The Devil’s Eye by Ian Townsend; and
Three crooked Kings by Matthew Condon.

Acquisitions for Queensland Police Museum

The acquisition of suitable items for the Queensland Police Museum (QPM) has now taken a step forward with the appointment of our new Historical Objects Purchasing Officer (HOPO) Geoffrey Sheldon. Geoff has been very energetic in searching for and acquiring items for the Queensland Police Museum.

Geoff recently negotiated the purchase and acquisition of three QPS commemorative swords and a QP bayonet, scabbard and frog. The swords consisted of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 1987 World EXPO with poignard and the 1988 Bi-centennial.

The QPM were deficient a specimen of the 1987 World EXPO sword. Due to the sale arrangements settled by the vendor, the FQPM took advantage of the offer and purchased all three. Arrangements will be made in due course to offer the 1982 and 1988 swords for sale.


The Friends of the Queensland Police Museum (FQPM) are always interested in obtaining items of Queensland Police historical significance. Should you have any item/s that you believe may be of interest, please contact the FQPM on

Should you wish some advice concerning the disposal of police uniforms or equipment, the matter can be discussed with the Secretary or any member of the FQPM Management Committee? They would also be delighted to discuss any donation you may wish to make.

Presentations to the Queensland Police Museum (QPM)

The FQPM continue to provide significant historic assets to the Queensland Police Museum. A presentation of a QP150 Limited Edition Commemorative Sword which had been suitably engraved was made to the Curator of the QPM by the President of the FQPM, Bob Burns at the conclusion of the AGM on the 30 September 2015. This sword will now complete a series of QPS commemorative swords that have been produced since 1982.

(Left) FQPM President Bob Burns presenting Queensland Police Museum Curator Lisa Jones with the QP150 Commemorative sword.(Right) Committee Member Wayne Coyne presents the Curator with a bound copy of the Queensland Police Operation Order for the Royal Visit 1954
FQPM Committee Member Wayne Coyne presented to the Curator a bound copy of the Queensland Police (QP) Operation Order for the Visit to Queensland of Her Majesty, the Queen in 1954. The document was a legacy from Wayne’s father Andrew Coyne QPM who served with distinction in the QP. Additionally, a signed letter by the then Commissioner John Smith was included. This presentation is very significant, in terms of the Queensland Police operational history.

QP Bayonet and Three Commemorative Swords

SwordsQP bayonet, scabbard and frog together with the three commemorative QPS swords
A presentation of the 1987 commemorative sword was conducted at the Queensland police Museum (QPM) on the 10 June 2015. The FQPM President Bob Burns handed the acquisition to Lisa Jones, Curator of the Queensland Police Museum

FQPM Museum Acquisitions

The FQPM Historical Object Purchasing Officer (HOPO) has been very active recently and has obtained the following items for presentation to the Queensland Police Museum:

• Police Baton. This historical baton was used by a Special Constable at the 1912 General Strike in Brisbane. It is not a turned piece, but a shaped piece of tree branch. A nice addition.
Baton• DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) Squad orange overalls in good condition. A welcome addition to the museum’s uniform collection. The shoulder patches date them to about 1981.
• A book produced for the Royal Visit in 1954 for reference by police attached to the tour.
Book• A direct donation of two pieces of fashion accessories obtained from an auction from a multi-million dollar fraud on the Health Department. This was an investigation and trial that involved a fake Tahitian prince. Donated by Bob Atkinson.
Frau Exhibit
• A direct donation of certain mounted police ceremonial items from Wayne Coyne from his father’s collection. Wayne’s father is the late Sergeant Andy Coyne QPM, a long time officer of the Police Mounted Unit. The items consist of a metal two piece badge that is fitted on the baldric which is a belt worn diagonally from shoulder to hip; a ceremonial epaulette and an officer’s epaulette with an aguillette attached.
MountedDuring 2011/12, a number of items were sourced by the FQPM and presented to the Curator of the Queensland Police Museum.  These items included a silver ring mounted with a Queensland Police insignia, a 1907 .303 Lee Enfield bayonet scabbard which was marked Q↑P and the serial number 564.

The FQPM also acquired an historic envelope addressed to the Commissioner of Police dated 1900 and affixed with 1d and 3d stamps.

Quilter Medal

Quilter MedalRose gold medal/pendant inscribed with the words ‘Presented to Sergeant Quilter by his Hemmant Friends on his transfer from the district in June 17 1904’.  The medal was purchased by the FQPM from an antique dealer for $500 in April 2008 and subsequently donated to the Queensland Police Museum.

Sergeant Quilter was sworn in on 20 August 1886 and retired on 19 April 1920.  He was highly regarded by the communities in which he lived and worked.  He was a police officer for thirty-three years retiring at the rank of Senior Sergeant and was awarded the Imperial Service Medal (ISM).  During his career, he was transferred to twelve stations.

1935 Hercules Bicycle

Former Commissioner Bob Atkinson presenting the 1935 Hercules cycle

Former Commissioner Bob Atkinson presenting the 1935 Hercules cycle

In 2007 the Queensland Police Commissioner purchased a 1935 Hercules Bicycle.  The cycle was subsequently restored by Mario Pezzimenti who spent hundreds of hours working on it.  In 2008 the FQPM accepted the bicycle from the Commissioner on behalf of the Queensland Police Museum.  The bicycle is now on permanent display in the museum’s transport display.

 Queensland Police Memorabilia

Several of the FQPM Committee and members keep an eye out on EBay and other sites for Queensland Police memorabilia which may be of interest and sought after by the Queensland Police Museum (QPM) for inclusion in the collection.

Recently a Queensland Police issue 1907 bayonet scabbard (Marked Q^P 320) which the Police Museum required, came up for sale but unfortunately the FQPM was pipped at the post and did not win the auction.  We would ask all of our members to alert the FQPM Historical Objects Purchasing Officer (HOPO) if they find police related items of interest on the internet.  The HOPO will then consult with QPM staff to assess the significance of the object to the collection and then inform the FQPM Committee to commence the bidding process.

 Police of the Pastoral Frontier” by L.E. Skinner, 1975

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe history of the opening up of Australia’s north-eastern districts in the mid-nineteenth century is littered with the bodies of both settler and Aborigine. It was an inevitable conflict and one which threatened to become open warfare. The Native Police force — consisting of European officers and Aboriginal troopers —was established to keep the peace in those wild frontier days. What developed, however, was a force largely devoted to the protection of the adventurous squatters, their families, and employees. Police of the Pastoral Frontier for the first time tells the complete factual story of this unique phase of colonial history, as far as this is possible from official and unofficial records, eye-witness reports, and newspaper commentary. It is a story of misunderstanding, bungling, and violent reprisals and it reveals clearly both the humanity and inhumanity of administrators, police, settlers, and Aborigines.

 “Arms in the Service of Queensland 1859 – 1901” by J.S. Robinson, 1997

Arms in the service of QueenslandAttached is an image of the front cover of the publication “Arms in the Service of Queensland 1859 – 1901” by J.S. Robinson, 1997 purchased by Richard for our collection. It will give us access to an area of historical research on which none of the museum staff have much knowledge.`Arms in the Service of Queensland’ is a look at the service arms, ordnance, fortifications and navy of the colonial Queensland government. The new Colony was proclaimed on 10th December 1859, separate from New South Wales. No other single work has attempted to cover such a broad spectrum of this colonial defence, through Russian and French invasion scares, tempered by the rebellious confrontation of the Shearers Strike of 1891, which essentially saw the birth of the union movement in the Antipodes and the Australian Labor party. Rather than produce this study in customary chronological chapters, J.S. Robinson has taken the four different fields of small arms, ordnance, fortifications and naval power and followed each through its own particular development but maintained the chronological and personality links which present the whole work as a cohesive and detailed, yet very readable record of this interesting period in colonial Australian and British history.With virtually exclusive application of primary sources of the day, the author paints an authentic picture of the times and trials of a fledgling colonial government in the latter part of the 19th century. Record of the accidental deaths of gunners Walsh and Wilkie firing a salute for the opening of Parliament, the enigmatic Captain Wright dismissed for disloyalty and the defence forces in the Shearers Strike are but part of the interesting reading.

Queensland Police Fraternity Style Ring




It is believed that this ring was made c1980’s